CPAC: Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio at CPAC 2013 (Zachary Maxwell)

Marco Rubio at CPAC 2013 (Zachary Maxwell)

(originally posted on Washington Times Communities)

For the first big highlight of the day, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) presented his plan to restore America.

“Our challenge is to create an agenda applying … our time-tested principles to the challenges of today.”

A limited government has three things it can do to create this agenda, according to Rubio. First, Rubio argued we need to wisely engage in the global economy. Every purchase and decision we make is affected by countries around the world. Second, we need to have a pro-growth energy policy and tax structure. We should be worried about the national debt. “There is no tax increase in the world that will solve our long-term debt problem.”

Second, Rubio argues that government should help us help ourselves. We should encourage education, but still recognize that not everyone needs to go to a four-year liberal-arts college.

Third, and most controversially, we should recognize that preserving the American family is vital to the success of our society. Though we should realize that the government’s role is limited in decisions of morality, we need to recognize the importance of school choice and other issues that affect children. If liberals are so confident about the science behind climate change, Rubio argued, how can they deny that life begins at conception?

“Every country has rich people and, unfortunately, every country has poor people. Few have the kind of widespread, vibrant middle class that America does.” The duty of government, according to Rubio, is to encourage policies that allow that middle class to continue thriving.

Rubio’s speech, though only 15 minutes long, was inspiring, drawing CPAC attendees to their feet on multiple occasions. He also had the entire room laughing throughout the speech. Taking a drink, Rubio humorously remarked, “Never in the history of the world has water been so popular.”

Our decisions have enormous implications and potential benefits. “If we do what we are supposed to do, we will always be what we are destined to be – the single greatest nation in the history of this Earth.”

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